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Jimmy Smits On Playing Nero On 'Sons of Anarchy,' The Season Thus Far & More

November 11th, 2012 10:30am EST
Jimmy Smits
Ever since his iconic role on NYPD Blue, Jimmy Smits has been (aside from a failed show about a Supreme Court justice that quits), taking a number of challenging roles on shows with large fanbases, from Dexter to The West Wing.

This season, he plays Nero Padilla on Sons of Anarchy, who is serving as a surrogate father figure to series lead Jax—even as Jax tells him to stay away from his mother. Jax and Nero have even (attempted) to go into business together.

Smits recently participated in a conference call with reporters about the character, the show this season and more. Here are the hig...
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Top Ten TV Goodbyes: Who Makes The List?

May 20th, 2011 5:00pm EDT
The Office Goodbye Michael
With Steve Carell leaving ‘The Office’ last month, it’s time to reflect on big goodbye episodes. I thought ‘The Office’ pulled off his departure well, although I’m not sure how I feel about the future of the show.

Here’s my top ten list of other shows that have successfully sent a character off in style. The rules: it is a true “goodbye” episode with a major character or star departing. If it happens off-screen, it doesn’t count. So that’s why I’m not including some obvious departures, such as Rhoda Morgenstern, Frank Burns, Coach Pantusso, etc.

Here they are. Do you agree?

10. T.R....
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The Best And Worst Of TV 2010

December 22nd, 2010 12:00pm EST
Modern Family
The TV year was filled with ups and downs. Dramas contributed to what some call another “golden age of television.” Some comedies were excellent, while others were repellent. But there are a few sure things: the sitcom is on the upswing, reality is (probably) on the decline, and Conan O’Brien is really, really rich.

The Top 10, in descending order:

10. ‘Project Runway’ – This season sparked emotional highs thanks to Mondo, whose talent and grace (not to mention his poignant HIV background) propelled the show to new heights. But we were also witness to Gretchen, Poison Ivy and Michael ...
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Fall TV: What's Surviving, What's Thriving, And What's Dying

November 11th, 2010 10:25am EST
Mike & Molly
We've reached a breaking point in the Fall TV season: almost everything that's still around will likely survive the season (key word: almost). It's becoming clearer which new shows are hits (hint: not many), and there are already several casualties. Let's run down the list.

The already renewed

CBS has picked up all five of their new shows: 'Hawaii Five-O,' 'Mike & Molly,' '@#$% My Dad Says,' 'Blue Bloods' and 'The Defenders.' Each show has performed admirably, but none can be called a runaway hit. CBS, though, has the least holes in its schedule and can be proud that viewership is up ...
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Latest TV Show On The Chopping Block: 'Outlaw'

October 12th, 2010 8:14am EDT
Outlaw
Jimmy Smits' new TV drama "Outlaw" has been cancelled.

The former "NYPD Blue" star played a Supreme Court Justice starting up his own law firm in the NBC show, which debuted last month.

The drama was put on a production hiatus earlier this month after failing to win in the ratings. The four episodes filmed and not shown will air.
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Fall TV Ratings: What's Hot, What's Not

October 8th, 2010 9:30am EDT
Cloris Leachman
We're only two weeks into the fall season, and we have two series cancellations. Let's see if we can keep up this "one canceled show a week" deal. For the record, the goners are FOX's 'Lone Star' and ABC's 'My Generation,' both of which got dismal ratings. Production was also halted on the Jimmy Smits drama 'Outlaw' and it's not looking good for ABC's 'The Whole Truth' either. By next week there will likely be more network victims.

As of this week, no huge new hits have emerged. FOX's 'Raising Hope' is doing fairly well following the hot 'Glee' and was awarded this week with a ...
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NBC Fall Season Preview: Spies, CIA Plots And Outsourcing

September 20th, 2010 11:45am EDT
NBC Fall Preview
NBC is likely getting tired of being referred to as "fourth place NBC." Last year's Jay Leno experiment was clearly a disaster and served as a boon for TBS, which won the Conan sweepstakes. This fall, NBC has fresher programming. With aging favorites and risky new underdogs, does the network have a shot at moving up the ratings ladder, even to third place? Time will tell. Stranger things have happened. Here's a look at what new shows could make the grade and what's in store for old favorites.

New shows

Chase
September 20 at 10 PM EST
In this gritty crime drama from (you guessed it)...
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Liberal Jimmy Smits Plays A Conservative Activist On 'Outlaw'

July 31st, 2010 5:45pm EDT
Jimmy Smits
Jimmy Smits calls himself a liberal, and he’s often seen supporting such causes. On his new show, he’ll play an outspoken conservative Supreme Court justice. Justice Garza leaves the bench to practice law again on NBC’s Outlaw. His first case deals with a death row inmate's last three days, and more hot button issues are coming.

“For me the bottom line is what’s on the page,” Smits told the Television Critics Asociation at their fall press tour. “I think it was an opportunity to deal with legal matters and hot button issues that are substantive in terms of a legal show, but at the same tim...
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Emmy Nomination Surprises, Snubs And Shouldn't Be Nominated

July 16th, 2009 3:17pm EDT
How I Met Your Mother
To paraphrase Ned Flanders, apparently an Emmy nomination is easier to get than an acceptance letter from Arizona State.

This morning, Emmy tried to one-up Oscar's new rule of ten by including six nominees in the acting categories and a whopping seven in the series categories. Yes, if you made a television series this year, or appeared on one, chances are you heard your name called in North Hollywood this morning.

With so many nominess, it seems impossible that any deserving performances or series were left out. Right? Sadly, no. And, of course, there are plenty of nominees who sh...
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TV Honorees That Should Get Their First Shot At Emmy Nominations

June 10th, 2009 12:02pm EDT
Aaron Paul
Yesterday, we went over the Emmy nominees who have overstayed their welcome. Those perennial TV honorees that simply don't deserve the recognition they once did or, in some cases, never did at all.

So if they're out, who's in? Surely, there can't be too many nominees waiting in the wings. After all, television professionals choose these awards; they can't possibly leave out any substantial number of qualified candidates in favor of perennial duds.

Unfortunately, that's the way it is. Voters simply don't like to change their ways with regards to voting. It almost seems that a ...
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Mark-Paul Gosselaar On 'Raising The Bar,' 'NYPD Blue,' & A 'Saved By The Bell' Reunion

May 27th, 2009 9:49am EDT
Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Mark-Paul Gosselaar joins us to discuss the second season of "Raising the Bar" (premiering June 8 at 10 pm on TNT), his time on "NYPD Blue," the Jimmy Fallon "Saved By The Bell" reunion and also tries to wrap his head around a question that he's never heard before: How three Indiana junior high school students (on "Good Morning, Miss Bliss"/"Saved by the Bell: The Junior High Years") could all, a year later, find themselves living in California for their freshman year of high school, along with their junior high principal, with no explanation.

Mike: The first question would usually be,...
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Michael Cudlitz Discusses Tonight's 'Southland' Season Finale

May 21st, 2009 10:21am EDT
Michael Cudlitz Discusses Tonight's 'Southland' Season Finale
When Michael Cudlitz and I last spoke, back in April, I used some, well, (ahem) colorful language during an interview junket --

a junket that everyone but me thought was on live local television -- to describe his character on Southland, Officer John Cooper. We finally get a chance to go one-on-one and clear the air over that moment and, more importantly, discuss tonight's season finale of Southland (airing at 10 pm ET on NBC) along with his experience on Band of Brothers and working with John Cusack in Grosse Point Blank.

Michael Cudlitz: You're the guy who said, "You're a dick."

Mike...
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TV Year In Review: The Best, The Worst & The In Between

December 26th, 2008 7:31am EST
Breaking Bad
In a year that saw the writers strike bring forth more reality TV than we ever thought possible and reduce quality drama to a war of attrition, the boob tube still managed to deliver quality drama series at an impressive clip.

BEST TV DRAMAS OF 2008

5. "BREAKING BAD" (AMC) - The aforementioned strike meant we only got seven episodes of former "X-Files" writer Vince Gilligan's masterful meth-strewn series, but after enduring its visceral fury, could we have really taken anymore?

Unlike another suburban drug dealing series, the torpid "Weeds", "Breaking Bad" offers a modern-d...
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'Dexter' Season Finale: Do You Take Dexter Morgan?

December 15th, 2008 1:14pm EST
Dexter
"Dexter" ends its best season yet with what may well have been its Best. Episode. Ever.

This episode was thrilling from the start with investigation of Miguel Prado's slaying taking center stage and instantly putting Dexter in jeopardy from the slain ADA's brother Ramon. This led to a meeting between the two that revealed a bit of Dexter's humanity.

Ramon pulled a gun on Dexter in front of his wedding party before his rehearsal dinner. This led to Ramon's brief incarceration and when Dexter came to visit his former best friend's brother in jail, he revealed more of himself tha...
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'Dexter' Recap: 'I Had a Dream'

December 8th, 2008 12:37pm EST
Dexter
There's anti-climaxes, there's the beginning of "Lost in Space" episodes, and then there's last night's episode of "Dexter", which took the artform to new heights. Or maybe lows.

Just when we thought Dexter had found himself in his toughest predicament yet, presumably locked in the trunk of the skinner, we find out that he'd simply been kidnapped by. . .The Organizers of his Bachelor Party! How hilarious. He even punched Masuka in the face by mistake! Oh, this show is just so darn silly!

Of course, Dexter's complete lack of interest at the booze-soaked stripper fest, gave us a...
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'Dexter': Go Your Own Way

December 2nd, 2008 9:38am EST
Dexter
For this entire season of "Dexter" the whole skinner storyline seemed about as useful as a hangnail. It was almost a plot device to move the characters around where the producers needed them for each episode. Now it has taken on a life of its own, and maybe given Dexter his greatest challenge ever.

Before we get to that; however, let's look at the devolving relationship between Miguel and Dexter. The serial killer, it seems, is regretting his decision to make a friend, as Miguel's slaying of Ellen Wolf has broken Dexter's code and led to his wanting to extricate himself from Miguel'...
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'Dexter' Recap: 'About Last Night'

November 24th, 2008 12:35pm EST
Dexter
Dexter and Miguel have officially hit a rough patch, as the lawyer defied the serial killer by doing something much worse than the other ever did. This may sound like a bad lawyer joke, but it was actually the premise of one the best episode in this series' canon.

It turns out that the bit of homicide hinted at in the previous episode actually happened: Miguel went ahead and offed the innocent-according-to-Dexter Ellen Wolf. The forensics inspector quickly solved the case, discovering blood traces and ultimately the body, underneath a freshly dug grave.

This would eventually lea...
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'Dexter' Recap: 'The Damage A Man Can Do'

November 17th, 2008 10:49am EST
Dexter
It seems Dexter and his new friend may have a whole lot more in common than the show's main character, or his viewers, ever thought.

On Sunday's installment, Miguel finally joined Dexter in his favorite hobby: killing. The target was a compulsive gambler who pays his debts by beating to death those who can't pay theirs. Miguel turned Dexter onto the victim, but nobody could have expected how thrilled the ADA would be by the act.

It turns out that Miguel has a dark passenger of his own, one born out of beatings from his father. It is this revelation that convinces Dexter to al...
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'Dexter Recap': 'Easy as Pie'

November 10th, 2008 1:37pm EST
Dexter
In a sort of cathartic episode for its main character, last night's installment of "Dexter" saw the titular serial killer let go of a bit of the past while reaffirming his twisted take on morality.

The past he let go of was personified in the death of Camilla, the lady from the police records office who knew more about Dexter's past than anybody, including his sister or fiancé. She'd been at end of the line, dying of cancer over the last episode, until she got the bad news that her condition had slowed to the point that she'd be forced to suffer for another month.

While Camilla d...
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'Dexter Recap': 'Sì Se Puede'

November 3rd, 2008 2:03pm EST
Dexter
The biggest question on "Dexter" has nothing to do with its titular hero, his sister, his fiancée or anybody else we've come to know over the two-plus seasons of the show. No, the question has entirely to do with the new addition to the cast, Jimmy Smits' Miguel Prado, and that question is this: How far will Miguel Prado go?

That's precisely what Dexter was wondering last night as he presented Prado with a task to test his mettle. This involved a member of Dexter's "Top Ten" list, a member of the Aryan Brotherhood who got a away with a brutal murder several years ago, and his still r...
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Starpulse Answers Your Burning Questions

October 16th, 2008 12:33pm EDT
Will Smith
1.) Benjamin Azumah asks, "What's going on with Will Smith?"

Smith has several films coming up, including "Seven Pounds" on Dec. 19, Empire (2009) and The Last Pharaoh (2010). He recently made the gossip blogs after comic book creator Stan Lee said he would consider him to play a black Captain America.

2.) Starpulse user Travelar asks, "Which country does Lil Wayne came from? Are his parents Nigerians?"

Lil Wayne was born in New Orleans, La., on Sept. 27, 1982.

3.) tanga asks, "Will Cane return on CBS with Jimmy Smits?"

Nope, "Cane" was canceled, and Smits i...
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Recap: So 'Dexter's' Gonna Be A Daddy

October 6th, 2008 1:06pm EDT
Dexter
On last night's episode of "Dexter", the title character and his girlfriend dealt with her newfound pregnancy. This saw Dexter in a fantastical haze for much of the episode as he imagined how his child might turn out and pondered Harry's thoughts on the subject. It wasn't just Dexter who was facing daddy issues; however, the paternal instinct permeated the rest of the installment as well.

The most intriguing portion of this is the developing relationship between Dexter and Jimmy Smits' Miguel Prado. The Assistant DA took an instant shine to the serial killer, perhaps detecting a sim...
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Recap: 'Dexter' Returns With New Twist

September 29th, 2008 1:55pm EDT
Dexter
Last night, "Dexter" returned with a new twist on a premise similar to last season's dilemma for its main character and one tiny bundle of a bombshell.

For the second consecutive season, TV's valiant serial killer has put himself in jeopardy with his bloodlust. This time, it wasn't a murderer's garden under the see that has the police on his trail, but the accidental slaying of an innocent bystander, at least that's the way it would appear.

On the trail of a murderer and drug dealer named Freebo, our hero accidentally drops in on a fight between him and an unidentified visitor. ...
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Slideshow: What Did You Think Of 'Dexter's' Season Premiere?

September 29th, 2008 10:09am EDT
Dexter
Dexter is back! Everyone's favorite serial killer returned for a third season last night, and it was worth the wait. What do you think of the new season? Who is your favorite character? Do you like the addition of Jimmy Smits? Click through our photo slideshow, and let us know!

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Being Green Is Great, But Is Hollywood Taking Recycling Too Far?

September 26th, 2008 10:20am EDT
Jerry Oconnell
Is there such a thing as a show-a-holic? A glimpse at the TV guide shows certain names keep cropping up time and time again attached to new shows. Could certain actors be addicted to starring on TV? And will they do anything to keep working whether the show is a quality one or not?

Isn't addiction classified as doing something to the point of excess, even after the point at which the person knows it's not healthy for them anymore? If the answer is yes then there are a few actors working today who show signs of needing serious career detox and rehab.

Case in point: the new TNT ser...
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Slideshow: Sexy TV Crime Fighters

September 9th, 2008 10:00am EDT
Roselyn Sanchez
Crimefighters are common on television these days. For every CSI & Law & Order, there is a sexy star that steams up the screen. And there are some sizzling detectives from TV's past who also get our heart racing. Who is your favorite crime fighter? Peruse our photo slideshow and let us know!

Marg Helgenberger

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Top TV Sidekicks

April 1st, 2008 2:00pm EDT
Buffy The Vampire Slayer
Who does a hero turn to for support? How does a tough as nails cop lighten up a little? Who do fan fiction writers pair up with their main characters to create some truly disturbing story lines? The answer to all these questions is sidekicks.

Without sidekicks, lead characters would simply have nobody to talk to. So Starpulse has decided to honor some of the sidekicks that have made television a little more enjoyable:

Rhoda Morgenstern

Sidekick to Mary Richards

From: The Mary Tyler Moore Show (1970-1977)

Portrayed by Valerie Harper

Before Romy and Michele had a reunion...
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Starpulse Exclusive: Get An Inside Look At 'Cane' With Paola Turbay

October 26th, 2007 10:05am EDT
Paola Turbay
A famous face in Latin America, Paola Turbay is making an impact in the states this season by playing Jimmy Smit's wife on the CBS drama Cane. The show centers on the rivalries and power struggles of a large Cuban-American family that owns a rum and sugar empire in South Florida. Starpulse had the pleasure of speaking with Turbay about making the series.

How do you like working on the show so far?

I love it. It's got a great cast, scriptwriting, and production is impeccable. I'm really proud of it. I've been really careful choosing my roles, because sometimes they don't always work...
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Media Group Predicts Hits & Misses Of The New TV Season

September 13th, 2007 1:34pm EDT
Gossip Girl
Independent media agency TargetCast tcm has picked five new network shows they think will be hits, along with the five they think will fall to the bottom of the heap as the primetime season begins in a week.

NBC has two new shows that should do well, says Steve Farella, CEO of TargetCast tcm, a media planning and buying agency. "Chuck" (Mondays at 8 Eastern), a comedy about a computer geek who becomes the government's most valuable secret agent, looks promising, the agency says. Also on NBC, "Bionic Woman" (Weds, 9 p.m.) should prove popular, borrowing from the 70s hit "Six Million Dol...
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Check Out 'Cane' This Fall On CBS

September 10th, 2007 8:00am EDT
Cane
Cane is an epic drama about the external rivalries and internal power struggles of a large Cuban-American family running an immensely successful rum and sugar business in South Florida.

When the family patriarch, Pancho (Hector Elizondo), is offered a lucrative but questionable deal by his bitter adversaries, the Samuels, to purchase thousands of acres of sugar fields, he's faced with a tough choice: Should he cash out of the sugar business and focus solely on rum, which would please his impulsive natural son, Frank (Nestor Carbonell), or protect the family legacy that he built from ...
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